UHAUL SF

SoMa

This high-energy dance party for girls who love girls takes place the third Friday of every month at Oasis. Serious party ladies should mark their calendars.

  • For Women
  • Party

The EndUp

SoMa

The EndUp does just what it says on the bottle by providing a place to keep the party going when everyone else has gone home. It's just where you'll end up. Famously...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Wild Side West

Bernal Heights

The Wild Side West dates to 1962 when proud lesbians Pat Ramseyer and Nancy White opened the first incarnation in Oakland. Two years later, it moved to Broadway in...

  • For Women
  • Bar

Powerhouse

SoMa

It's been called the most popular gay bar in San Francisco, and Powerhouse is definitely a good place to cruise, with a sweaty shirtless dance floor grinding to...

  • For Men
  • Nightclub

El Rio

Mission

Known for having a large and flirtatious patio scene, lesbian-owned El Rio is like a dive bar wearing lipstick. There are burlesque shows, indie bands, board games,...

  • For Women
  • Bar
  • 5
  • 1

Beaux

Castro

The polished brass details and leather couches at Beaux may lead you to believe that it's just a spot for a few beers - and it is a good stop for happy hour - but...

  • LGBTQ
  • Nightclub
  • 5
  • 1

Badlands

The Castro

The kind of club where you're more likely to check your shirt than your coat, Badlands has been pumping techno onto a wild dance floor for years. The crowd here...

  • For Men
  • Nightclub

The Cafe

The Castro

With one of the best mixed gay/straight dancefloors in the city, and a low cover charge of $5, The Cafe in the Castro brings in a young, energetic crowd most nights...

  • LGBTQ
  • Nightclub

Lookout

Castro

The wraparound street-view balcony at Lookout--on the corner of 16th and Market Streets--is legendary for its people-watching prowess. You'll have the whole Castro...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Mother

SoMa

Formerly known as Trannyshack, the performers from drag club Mother are masters of gender illusion, and are bust-a-gut funny, especially their very popular Sex and...

  • LGBTQ
  • Theater

QBar

The Castro

Full of pumping pop and techno, and packed with a crowd of high-energy 20-somethings, QBar is a made for dance frenzy. The atmosphere is dark and clubby, and the...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

The Stud

SoMa

 A bastion of top-shelf drag, The Stud welcomes gay and straight alike to take in nightly performances and dance up a storm to a roster of high-energy DJs....

  • LGBTQ
  • Nightclub

Toad Hall

Castro

Named after the first gay bar in the Castro--which you might recognize from the movie "Milk"--Toad Hall is all about the booze and the beats. The scene is cruisy...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

SF Eagle

SoMa

This reboot of the infamous 1970s leather bar is hugely successful, and SF Eagle draws large, diverse crowds eager to partake in any number of themed events, from...

  • For Men
  • Bar
  • 4
  • 1

Smuggler's Cove

Fillmore

A pirate-themed venue with a loyal following, Smuggler's Cove takes a sweet, dark little corner of the Fillmore and bathes it in rum. The cocktails are strong and...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

440 Castro

Castro

440 Castro is a guaranteed draw for fit 30 to 40-something leather bears and the men who love them. Thursday nights are the most happening, when the bar hosts "CDXL"...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Aunt Charlie's

Tenderloin

Located in the sketchy neighborhood of the Tenderloin, the long-running Aunt Charlie's is not for the faint of heart. But those willing to make their way into the...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Blackbird

Castro

Crowded with young things in their best finery, Blackbird is a sexy little spot in the Castro that prides itself on a properly mixed cocktail and a gentlemanly...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge

Chinatown

Drawing an interesting mix of hipsters and Asian businessmen, Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge is the best type of karaoke dive bar, where you can belt your heart out to a...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Club Deluxe

The Haight

A little jewel of a nightclub in the Haight, Club Deluxe is a great place for jazz, blues, and cocktails, with the added perk of serving a pretty respectable pizza....

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Nightclub

Darling Nikki

Mission

Darling Nikki began as house party at the loft of producers Lyra Wallace and Lydia Daniller but has expanded to a monthly gig at Slate Bar in the Mission. For an $8...

  • For Women
  • Nightclub

Hi Tops

The Castro

With a slogan like "Cold Pitchers, Hot Catchers", you know you're in for a good time at Hi Tops in The Castro. A high-end gay sports bar, it has top-shelf liquor, a...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Last Call Bar

The Castro

A charming, no-frills neighborhood gay bar with an excellent jukebox, Last Call Bar in the Castro is the perfect place to grab a $3 beer and chat with friendly...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Lion Pub

Pacific Heights

Famous for its muddled fruit cocktails, the Lion Pub is one of the oldest gay bars in the city, though these days the crowd skews both gay and straight. With a homey...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Lone Star Saloon

SoMa

A popular dive bar that caters to bears and bikers, the Lone Star Saloon keeps the crowds happy with barrels of peanuts, a pool table, a dance floor and an outdoor...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Martuni's

Castro

A snazzy little piano bar in The Castro that serves top-notch, reasonably priced martinis to a mixed gay/straight scene, Martuni's is a favorite with the...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Midnight Sun

Castro

A video bar that's considerably less rowdy than its neighbors, Midnight Sun is a good place to stop on your way somewhere else. Order a cheap, stiff drink--or two,...

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar

Moby Dick

The Castro

A down-to-earth and reliable gay bar that's been around for years, Moby Dick is perhaps the least pretentious place to get a drink in The Castro. A wide selection of...

  • For Men
  • Bar

Noc Noc

The Haight

A Lower Haight dive bar with a wacky personality, Noc Noc serves craft beers on tap along with cold and hot sake in a room that defies description. It's dark, lit by...

  • LGBTQ-friendly
  • Bar

Pilsner Inn

Castro

A friendly neighborhood gay bar with darts, pinball machines, pool tables, and outdoor seating, Pilsner Inn is a firm favorite with both gay and straight locals....

  • LGBTQ
  • Bar